This route is probably the most popular route on South Iceland, and here the photo motives will come as pearls on a string.
The first stop is Seljalandsfoss which is just over 2 hours driving from Reykjanes. This 60 meters tall waterfall is easy to see from the Ring Road and is very accessible. Meaning that here there are usually many tourists. It is a beautiful waterfall, but compared to many other waterfalls on Iceland is it not as exciting as one should think. As for photography, it is one of those spots that is over-photographed. So I usually just drive straight pass it. But if you are on Iceland for the first time, it is worth a stop. And challenge yourself to find some new angels.
The coolest part about Seljalandsfoss is that you can actually walk behind it.
Close by you will also find the more hidden waterfall Gljufrabui. Yet, also this one has become very touristy.
Next up is the waterfall Skogafoss, also easy to see from the Ring Road.
This is kind of an icon, and even if this spot also is crowded, it is well worth a stop.
There is such power in Skogafoss and if you visit it early morning or late evening, you might actually be lucky and have the waterfall almost to yourself.
Close by is Skogar museum, and if you’re like me and you are into turf houses, this a must see. It is a beautiful open air museum and you can also visit the inside of all the buildings.
From the Skogar museum parking there is a 10 minute walk to one of my favorite waterfalls on Iceland, Kvernufoss.
Getting here you will need to climb the fence on the east side of the parking, where there are stairs leading over the fence.
Kvernufoss is a real beauty and is much less crowded than Skogafoss.
Continuing towards Vik, you can choose to stop by the plane wreck on Solheimasandur.
Also easy to see from the ring road, as you will see hords of people walking in that direction. Which is the reason I have not been there myself.
Next up is Dyrholaey which is absolutely worth a stop.
The coastal view here is amazing, and if you’re lucky you will also be able to photograph puffins.
To see the puffins you will need to be here really early or really late. Otherwise there will be too much people here for the puffins to be close.
Also if you drive up to Dyrholaey lighthouse you will experience the famous view of the black sand beach. A 4WD is recommended when driving up here, as it is quite steep.
Before coming to Vik, be sure to stop by Reynisfjara sand beach, where you will find a beautiful black sand beach and the rock formations Reynisdrangar.
Be careful at this beach, as the waves here can be more dangerous than they look.
Both Dyrholaey and Reynisfjara are marked from the main road.
In Vik you will of course see the famous Vik church, and also from the center you can walk down to the blach beach which has several photo possibilites.
If you are up for an adventure before leaving Vik, I highly recommend driving up to the camping ground Thakgil.
4 km after Vik you will see the sign leading to Thakgil. It is a 14 km drive and you will need a 4WD as it is a bumpy and winding road. But you will drive through amazingly green landscape ending up at the camping ground which has some really cool rock formations. There are also a couple of stops on the way which offers great views.